Dennis Hart, Board President
Dennis Hart is a longtime Medical Assistant, and keeper of the Ala Loa or Ala Nui Aupuni which is the actual coastal path within the Ala Kahakai Trail Corridor. Dennis formed a volunteer crew over ten years ago to clean sections of the Ala Aupuni, with crews that vary in size from a handful to over thirty. Dennis focuses his trail cleaning work in South Kona where his mother’s family is from.
Dennis has been a core part of the effort to preserve Kauleoli makai, a 59-acre coastal property that includes a beautiful section of the Ala Aupuni, now owned by the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. Dennis is an advocate for preserving the trail and connecting cultural sites, and regularly researches laws pertaining to trails, and attends meetings and works with other trail advocates to ensure that the trail and places along the trail are conserved. Dennis feels rewarded for his volunteer trail clearing work by the youth, descendants, and other users of the Trail and shoreline who are now able to access the trail to connect with their ancestors and Hawai'i.
Alan Brown, Board Vice President
Alan Lowrey Brown is a landowner on the Kohala coast near the trail corridor at Kalahuipua'a and Keawaiki, where his family has ties for many decades. Alan realizes that his experience growing up at Kalahuipua'a and Keawaiki during the 1950s was an experience that future generations will never have as so much has changed. He is therefore a passionate and dedicated community voice for preservation of the remaining undisturbed sections of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, and enjoys introducing new residents to the existence of the trail. Alan helped to lead the effort to protect a 35-acre property at Kaiholena which is now under Ala Kahakai Trail Association’s ownership and care. Alan sees his service with Ala Kahakai Trail Association as a way to bring knowledge and tools to the many 'ohana along the Trail to rekindle pride and use of the trail by local residents. Alan is self-employed and also gives of his time to serve on other community boards.
Kaleo Paik, Secretary
Kaleo Paik is a descendent of many generations of Hawaiians who lived around part of the trail in South Kona, and believes it is her responsibility to preserve and protect the integrity, purpose and use of the trail in part and in its entirety. She has walked upon part of the trail that her father, his mother, her parents and their parents walked, and in so doing continues the family connection to the area. Through these generational ties, Kaleo has historical and cultural wisdom specific to the segment of the trail that her family helped to build and used. Kaleo assists Ala Kahakai Trail Association with her expertise in fiscal management, strategic planning focusing on short and long term goals, and genealogical and historical knowledge of Kona.
Ray Broggini, TReasurer
Ray Broggini serves in many roles that benefit his community. He is a family practitioner, musician, violinist, small family farmer, and renewable energy practitioner and advocate. Ray is also dedicated to community self-governance, environmental stewardship, preservation of local historical practice and land/shoreline management, and of course the protection of the Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail. Ray has been a longtime community servant, providing his time and expertise as a board member for Primary Care Associates of Redwood Empire in Santa Rosa, CA, serving on “well-being” committees on various hospital staffs, and being a local CERT team member.
Linda Galano worked as a Hawaiian language teacher for 13 years at Waianae High School, where she was involved in creating a Hawaiian Studies Program from 1993 until leaving for Hawaii Island in 2002. To support the Hawaiian Studies Program, Linda partnered with government and private non-profits for funding assistance. She also helped to bring in archaeologists Ross Cordy and Aki Sinoto who worked with the program’s students to survey and map sites in Waianae Valley. When Linda moved to Honokaa High School, she helped to begin a video production program to document stories of kupuna from Paauilo and Kalopa. Linda’s interest and passion for Ala Kahakai and historic trails stems from her pig hunting experience in which access is a significant issue. Linda has also worked with MAMA (mauka-makai access) and E Mau Na Ala Hele.
W. Keoni Fox is a site acquisition consultant for the telecommunications industry with over 18 years of experience assisting with the development and management of wireless facilities. He also manages a small family farm in Waikane, Oahu specializing in local, free range poultry and eggs. Keoni attended the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating with a Bachelors of Economics with a concentration in Marketing and Environmental Management. As a cultural practitioner with ancestral ties to Naalehu, Keoni is a strong advocate for the protection of cultural and natural resources in Ka’u. Since the closure of C Brewer and the sale of its lands in 2001, Keoni has been involved with many community efforts aimed at preserving the Ka’u coastline. In 2015, Keoni strongly supported the County’s acquisition of the 13-acre Kahua Olohu or Makahiki Grounds in Naalehu. As a new board member for Hoomalu Ka’u, a non-profit organization created to perpetuate the culture and history of Ka’u, Keoni is facilitating a stewardship agreement with the County to revive makahiki games and other cultural practices on the property. Keoni and his family are also working with community to acquire the 1363-acre Kaunamano property below the makahiki grounds to preserve precious cultural sites and to support native Hawaiian subsistence fishing and gathering. He is an avid hiker and native Hawaiian plant enthusiast. He is also leading community efforts to steward heiau with the Ko'olaupoko Hawaiian Civic Club.
Deborah Chang was born in Kapa`au, North Kohala, and raised in Waiki`i, Honomū, and Waimea. Her Hawaiian ancestors were of the Kalaukoa and Waianuhea `ohana of North Kohala, North and South Kona, Ka`ū, and Puna Districts as well as of Ko`olau Poko and Pu`unui, O`ahu. She is also proud of her Portuguese, Korean, German, and Native American ancestry.
A graduate of Hawai`i Preparatory Academy and the University of Hawai`i at Mānoa with a Master’s in Social Work, Deborah worked as a social worker in Kona and Kaua`i for 16 years. While working as a social worker in Kona, she and three friends founded the Nā Ala Hele 501(c)3 organization in 1979 “to advocate for the preservation of historic Hawaiian trails and the unique natural and historic sites found adjacent to historic trail routes.” This nonprofit organization continues today under the name of E Mau Nā Ala Hele.
In 1988 following a statewide lobbying effort, the Statewide Trail and Access System, known as Nā Ala Hele, was established by the State Legislature. Deborah was contracted by the State Department of Land and Natural Resources to coordinate all aspects of integrating and establishing this new program into state government. After leaving the program in 1991 she has continued to serve on the Nā Ala Hele Advisory Councils.
Most recently she has worked as a planner for Hawai`i County’s Planning Department and has served 6 years on Hawai`i County’s Cultural Resources Commission.
Deborah hopes that with greater appreciation and awareness of the significance of historic Hawaiian trails, fewer historic trails will be damaged and lost forever. Sadly, their continued existence is at risk as lands are bought, sold, and developed. “We need to assist governmental institutions to fulfill their responsibilities to act in the public’s interests where public trails and lands are concerned.”
La Crivello, Coordinator
La Crivello was born and raised on the island of Oʻahu in Kailua, Koʻolaupoko. With ancestral connections to Hoʻokena and Kaʻu, she has become passionate for trails and the connections that trails create. She believes that it is her kuleana to protect, malama and ensure the perpetuation of the natural and cultural resources, as her kupuna would have seen fit. She currently resides in Kona, traversing all sections of the trail as an advocate for education and connectivity between ʻaina, kupuna and the communities of Hawaiʻi today.